Vyacheslav Arkadevich "Slava" Bykov (Russian: Вячеслав Аркадьевич Быков, born 24 July 1960 in Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a former Soviet and Russian ice hockey player and a former head coach of the Russian national hockey team. A small, technically gifted center, he was a regular fixture on the Soviet national ice hockey team in the 1980s; after the fall of the Soviet Union, he played for Team Russia in the 1990s. He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft in the 9th round at number 169 overall. He opted, however, to never play in the NHL.
Bykov at the LHC All Star Game in 2011
24 July 1960|
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)|
Unified Team and
169th overall, 1989|
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing the Soviet Union|
|Representing the Unified Team|
Bykov started out playing for the team in his home city, Traktor Chelyabinsk in 1979. After 3 years, he went to play for CSKA Moscow. While at CSKA Moscow, he became a regular on the Soviet national team and later Team Russia, taking part in the following international tournaments:
- With the Soviet Union:
With the Unified team:
- 1992 Olympics (Gold)
In 1990 he went to play with HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the Swiss Nationalliga A. He ended an illustrious playing career in 2000 having played the last two seasons with HC Lausanne in the Nationalliga B.
Russian national teamEdit
On 10 August 2006, Bykov was named as the new head coach of the Russian national hockey team taking over from Vladimir Krikunov. In 2007 World Championship in Moscow he won bronze with Russian national team. Then, on 18 May 2008, he won World Championships Gold in Quebec with the team, and on 10 May 2009 again in Bern. After losing 3–7 to Canada and finishing 6th in 2010 Winter Olympics and failing to win gold in two subsequent WCs he was fired by the RHF.
- 2007 World Championships (Bronze)
- 2008 World Championships (Gold)
- 2009 World Championships (Gold)
- 2010 Winter Olympics (6th)
- 2010 World Championships (Silver)
- 2011 World Championships (4th)
From 28 April 2004 to 4 April 2009 Bykov worked as the head coach of CSKA Moscow. The best results during this period were the semi-finals of the Russian Superleague and the quarter-finals of the KHL.
Salavat Yulaev Ufa named Bykov as new head coach on 14 May 2009 starting from season 2009/2010. After winning Continental Cup and taking bronze in 2009/2010, he won the Gagarin Cup with Salavat Yulaev in 2010/2011.
SKA Saint PetersburgEdit
SKA Saint Petersburg appointed Bykov as new head coach on 4 April 2014. Bykov signed a two-year contract with an option for a one-year extension. In his first season with the team, Bykov coached SKA to their first ever Gagarin Cup win, becoming the only coach to win the Gagarin Cup with two different teams.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
- Great Olympic Encyclopedia, vol.1-2, Moscow:Olympia Press Publisher, 2006, entry on "Вячеслав Быков", available Moscow:Olympia Press Publisher (in Russian).
- "Hockey: SKA St. Petersburg Fires Coach Jalonen, Appoints Bykov". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- "Finally a trophy". International Ice Hockey Federation. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- "How Russians skated into Swiss hockey history". 19 March 2009.
- Вячеслав Быков: Буду рад, если сын забьет сборной России
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